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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
Sonnet LXXX
V. Barnaby Barnes
 
A BLAST of winde, a momentarie breath,
  A watrie bubble simbolizde with ayre,
  A sunne-blown rose, but for a season fayre,
A ghostly glaunce, a skeleton of death,
A morning-dew perling the grasse beneath,        5
  Whose moysture sunne’s appearance doth impaire;
  A lightning glimse, a muse of thought and care,
A planet’s shot, a shade which followeth,
  A voice which vanisheth so soone as heard,
The thriftlesse heire of time, a rowling wave,        10
  A shewe no more in action than regard,
A masse of dust, world’s momentarie slave,
  Is Man, in state of our olde Adam made,
  Soone borne to die, soone flourishing to fade.
 
 
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